There’s an old saying that preaches patience, “Good things come to those who wait.”
Howard Washington can attest to that.
On Saturday, Washington was formally offered a scholarship by Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange basketball program, which is something he’s been very public about wanting.
Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv was first to report the offer on his Twitter page.
Syracuse has offered 2017 @AI_Academy PG Howard Washington, per source.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 11, 2017
Washington originally committed to Butler a few years ago, but decommitted shortly thereafter. He didn’t believe, at the time, he was ready for the college level, and still wanted to improve his game, recruiting stock and strength.
He’s done all of that, and then some.
The 6-foot-3 point guard has six triple-doubles this season for Athlete Institute and plays along side 2017 Syracuse signee Oshae Brissett. The two are very close friends, which is positive news for the Orange moving forward.
Washington is originally from Canisius, but transferred to Montverde Academy (Fl.) after his sophomore year at Canisius High School. He played two seasons at the national powerhouse before reclassifying to 2017 and transferring to Athlete Institute for a post-grad year at AI.
Washington’s style of play draws comparisons to former Orange point guard Tyler Ennis. Washington is viewed as a better shooter/scorer than Ennis was, but has the same pass-first mentality and a very high basketball IQ.
He’s viewed as a game manager. He takes care of the ball, he’s a pretty good shooter from behind the arc and can contribute on the glass, too.
Some of Howard’s notable offers include Butler, Boston College, Memphis, Notre Dame, Villanova, Virginia and Virginia Tech, according to 247Sports.
With John Gillon graduating, Syracuse only has one point guard — Frank Howard — on the roster next season.